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Conditions- All Weather
This Series is specifically designed to assist in the education and training of young jockeys.
It is important therefore that these conditions are adhered to by Apprentices and their Trainers so that the maximum benefit can be obtained.
The special conditions set out below apply to the following series of All Weather Apprentice races, which will be held at the following meetings:-
Southwell Tuesday 4 November 2008
Great Leighs Thursday 20 November 2008
Kempton Park Wednesday 3 December 2008
Wolverhampton Monday 15 December 2008
Lingfield Park Friday 3 January 2009
Southwell Thursday 15 January 2009
Great Leighs Thursday 5 February 2009
Kempton Park Wednesday 25 February 2009
Wolverhampton Saturday 7 March 2009
Lingfield Park Saturday 21 March 2009 (FINAL)
1. All races will be for Apprentices who, at the start of the All-Weather Hands and Heels Apprentice Series, have not ridden more than 10 winners.
2. As horses should be suitable for very inexperienced riders, privileges will not be allowed. Stewards of Meeting will NOT grant permission to any Trainer for his horse to proceed to the start either before the signal to mount is given or purposely last. Horses must therefore not proceed to the start at a walk or trot.
3. Every Rider must carry a whip.
4. The whip may be pulled through from one hand to the other as often as necessary.
5. A Rider must not hit his horse with the whip either with his hands on or off the reins or wave his whip. In exceptional circumstances the Rider may use the whip for safety reasons only.
6. If a Rider uses his whip as prohibited in paragraph 5 above, it will be regarded as Improper Riding (see Rule 153 (iii)) and the BHA have recommended to Stewards that they impose a minimum suspension of 7 days on those days when an Apprentice race takes place. This suspension will not count towards the total number of days suspended during the current rolling twelve month period.
7. If a Rider is suspended for using his whip in one of these races he will be disqualified from winning any prizes but will be able to continue riding in the series unless one of the races falls on a suspension day.. In the case of a second offence occurring the British Horseracing Authority have recommended to Stewards that they impose a minimum suspension of 14 days and the Rider will be prevented from riding in the remaining races in the series.
8. All Riders are required to attend a mandatory course walk with the Jockey Coach and/or a Senior Jockey 90 minutes prior to the race. If a rider is unable to make this course walk they must obtain prior dispensation (see below). If a rider is unable to walk the course because they are riding in an earlier race, or leading a horse up they will be expected to walk the course prior to this, but must let Richard Perham or Mary-Ann Sandercock know that they will be doing this. Failure to walk the course without contacting Richard Perham or Mary-Ann Sandercock in advance will result in the Rider losing all riding skills and professionalism points for the race in question. Repeat offences may result in the Rider being prevented from riding in the remainder of the series.
For prior dispensation from the mandatory course walk Riders should contact Richard Perham 07836 521636 or Mary-Ann Sandercock 07786 925803.
9. Prior to the race the Jockey Coach and/or a Stipendiary Steward will brief Riders on the conditions of the race. After the race, the Rider of every horse will be required to report to the Stewards' room where they will be talked through the race by the Jockey Coach and/or a Stipendiary Steward. This is a mandatory requirement and failure to attend this debrief may result in the British Horseracing Authority preventing the Rider from taking part in the remaining races in the series. Special permission to miss the debrief may be granted from the Stipendiary Steward on the day for any Rider who has to leave straight after the race to travel to another meeting. This permission will have to be arranged before the race. The Jockey Coach may also contact Riders after the race meeting to further advise them on their riding.
10. Trainers are responsible for giving adequate instructions to their Riders and failure to do so will result in disciplinary action being taken.
11. The sponsors Weatherbys are generously providing a prize to the winner of the series; the winner will be the Rider who accumulates the most points in the series. Points are allocated in the following way:
Riders are awarded 6 points per ride. They then receive additional points for achieving wins and places in the races (win-5pts, 2nd-3pts, 3rd-2pts and 4th-1pt), and are awarded or deducted points where the Jockey Coach has adjudged that good or bad riding skills and professionalism, (presentation, punctuality and general conduct), have been displayed. Only win and place points will be awarded in the final race in the series, thus enabling the winner of the series to be announced and awarded on that final day.
12. The points table for the series can be viewed on the British Racing School website - www.brs.org.uk